Transport for London (TfL) has moved into its Old Oak Common depot which will be crucial for Elizabeth line services.
It is a major milestone for the delivery of the Elizabeth line, as the depot will be home to, and maintain, 42 of the 70 new trains at a time.
Supporting new TfL services from Paddington to Heathrow, the Old Oak Common train depot comprises 33 stabling roads, nine roads for heavy maintenance of wheels, motors and other rail components.
There is an on-site train wash facility and Bombardier will operate the facility – part of a 32-year contract signed in 2014.
Work to launch the Elizabeth line is now more than 90% complete, and this is a big step on the road to the opening of the services in December 2018.
The Old Oak Common depot will play a key role in the line’s day-to-day operation, therefore helping the transformation of travel across London.
From later in the month of May, Elizabeth line trains that are based at Old Oak Common will run from Paddington to Hayes & Harlington, with the Heathrow Connect trains operating to the airport.
Howard Smith is the Operations Director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth line. He is delighted with the progress made.
“It’s great to see the progress that has been made at Old Oak Common since work began four years ago. Our new depot will not only allow us to introduce our new TfL Rail service from Paddington to Heathrow Airport this month, but it will also be home to the new Elizabeth line train fleet.
“Old Oak Common will be vital in helping us to maintain our 70 brand new trains over the years to come.”
The depot is environmentally friendly too, with more than 30% of the facility powered by a renewable energy system, which will help TfL save on running costs.